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Henry Charles Tarn was born at Ashburton, Devon, circa 1840.

Mr Tarn married Miss Elizabeth Mary Morrell at the Anglican Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Devonport, on Tuesday December 25th 1866.  He was at that time the Master of the Saint Mary's National School.

For over twenty years he was the Head Master of Saint John's National School, where he taught science and art, and also conducted physical science classes at the Devonport Technical School.

Mr Tarn, who was trained at the Exeter Teachers' Training College, was the author of several books on scientific subjects including "The Difficulties of Algebras Made Easy", which at the time of his death was in its fourteenth edition.

Although he took to his bed on November 6th 1895 with congestion of the lungs, Mr Henry Charles Tarn died on Saturday November 16th 1895 of heart failure.  The funeral was held at the Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Cemetery, Plymouth, on Wednesday November 20th 1895.  The service at the graveside was conducted by the Reverend E W Bickley, Pastor of the Princes Street Congregational Chapel, which the deceased had attended.  It was attended by scholars from the School, who walked with the hearse to the Cemetery, teachers' representatives from the Three Towns, former pupils and many others.  The undertaker was Mr S Perkins, of Saint Aubyn Street.  The bearers were Messrs Powell, Bennett, Webber, Bishop, Brooming, Tresise, Organ and Neal.  He was survived by his widow, Mrs Elizabeth Mary Tarn, and their son, Mr Francis Gerard Tarn.